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Research Associate in Analytical Chemistry for Biosensors

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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32,817 - 40,322 per year (reduced pro-rata)
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The Department of Physics is at the forefront of pioneering global research and technological advancement in our world leading research centres, focused around biophysics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, and plasma physics and fusion energy at the York Plasma Institute. As a Department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We aim to ensure that there is a supportive and egalitarian culture at all levels and across all staff groups. We promote good practice and a strong culture of equality in higher education and are proud of our Juno Champion Award and Athena SWAN Silver Award.


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to work on a collaborative project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of the UK. The successful candidate will work with an exceptional multidisciplinary team of photonics engineers, healthcare clinicians and oceanographers. The goal of the project is to develop the next generation photonics platform in the mid-IR range that will enable rapid diagnostic medical screening and environmental monitoring. More specifically, the role holder will develop on-chip sample filtering and delivery components for the sensing platform and perform sample characterisation in order to analyse a range of drugs such as antibiotics in blood plasma. The post is part-time (60% FTE to begin with) and is expected to start on 1st October 2021, for a duration of 36 months.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

We are looking for a highly motivated individual able to conduct high quality research with both fundamental and translational goals. The successful candidate is expected to have significant experience in handling and processing chemical or biological matrices; examples include, but are not limited to, therapeutic drugs and human blood plasma. The candidate is expected to have excellent knowledge in analytical chemistry and biochemistry, and at least a basic knowledge in the physical sciences. Experience in relevant programming /numeric computing platform for data analysis, for example MATLAB or Python, would be a significant advantage. Experience in a range of quantification techniques, such as Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) are expected. A track record of publishing in high-quality scientific journals is essential. The successful candidate will play an important role within a multidisciplinary research team, so experience of working collaboratively, on highly interdisciplinary research projects, is essential.

Interview date: 21 September 2021

For informal enquiries: please contact Prof TF Krauss on or Dr Christina Wang on

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